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ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan today presented a proclamation to declare Taekwondo Day in Maryland and recognized a number of leading Taekwondo masters from across the state.

“We first declared Taekwondo Day in Maryland six years ago and we chose April 5th, which is Arbor Day in Korea, because of Maryland’s special bond with Korea and to represent the thriving Korean American community in our state,” said Governor Hogan. “Taekwondo is an important part of Korea’s cultural legacy and its successes and popularity have spread across Maryland and all around the globe.”

(Watch the governor’s remarks)

During the ceremony, Governor Hogan broke through eight boards—to signify his eight years in office—labeled ‘toxic politics.’ During a trade mission to Asia in 2015, the governor received an honorary ninth degree black belt from the World Taekwondo Headquarters in Korea.

The governor and the First Lady are the honorary co-chairs for the annual Maryland Governor’s Cup Taekwondo Championship in October, with the proceeds going to the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

In February, Governor Hogan was awarded the Gwanghwa Medal (Gwanghwajang) by South Korea’s Ambassador to the United States Lee Soo-hyuck—the highest award that the Republic of Korea bestows to foreign dignitaries for improving relations and diplomatic ties.